… the assassin
Alexander made his UFC debut at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007 against Keith Jardine. He knocked out Jardine in 49 seconds during the first round.
He has since trained full-time; three times a day and seven days a week.
Alexander then signed a new three-fight contract with the UFC. At UFC 75 Alexander beat Alessio Sakara. Just like his previous fight, Sakara threw a couple of early shots before Alexander countered with close-contact strikes. “The way I was taught was that all your strength is inside versus outside,” Alexander said before the fight of his explosive ability when close to an opponent. “My short strikes are really, really good, and that’s from lifting weights and doing a lot of reps.”
At UFC 78 Alexander faced then undefeated contender Thiago Silva. Silva won by TKO after the referee stopped the fight at 3:25 in the first round. In the fight Silva achieved mounted position on top of Alexander and landed punches until the referee called a stop to the contest. Many people have criticized Alexander’s ground defense.
On April 2, 2008, Alexander fought “The Sandman” James Irvin as the first fight on the televised portion of UFC Fight Night: Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon in Broomfield, Colorado. Irvin led off with a superman punch to the jaw that knocked Alexander down. He followed with three more devastating punches to the face that knocked him unconscious and Steve Mazzagatti rushed in to stop the fight. Alexander immediately got to his feet and protested the quick stoppage. The 8 second knockout tied the record for the fastest knockout in the UFC alongside Don Frye’s Knockout at UFC 8. The loss was officially ruled as a TKO due to strikes, although some sources list it as a KO. This has generated some controversy as some fans felt that the fight was stopped too quickly.
Alexander fought Eric “Red” Schafer at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. After landing some effective knees early in the fight, Alexander lost the fight via arm triangle submission in the first round.
Alexander was scheduled to face Andre Gusmão at UFC 98, but had to withdraw due to a broken hand suffered in training camp.
With the permission of the UFC, Alexander fought Sherman Pendergarst in a Heavyweight fight at Adrenaline MMA’s Fourth Event. Alexander defeated Pendergarst using leg kicks followed by knees from the Muay Thai Clinch and strikes on the ground.
Alexander made his return to the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale against Kimbo Slice at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Alexander was defeated by Kimbo Slice by unanimous decision in a bout that many thought would not make it out of the first round. The fight was characterized by Alexander circling away from Kimbo instead of directly engaging him. While the first and third rounds were largely spent at a distance, the most spectacular moment of the fight arguably came in the second round when Slice administered a suplex.
Shortly following the loss, Alexander was cut from the UFC after losing four straight bouts inside the octagon. His overall record with the UFC is 2–4.
Following his cut from the UFC, Alexander then fought Joey Beltran at 5150 Combat League’s “New Year’s Revolution” on January 16, 2010, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Alexander lost via TKO (Strikes) at 3:49 in the 2nd round.
Alexander next faced Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on September 11, 2010 at Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley. Following a tough first round that saw Alexander staggered on several occasions, he came back in the second round to win via TKO (punches) at 1:31.
Alexander next gets his chance to avenge his loss against James Irvin from UFC Fight Night: Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon back in 2008, where Irvin knocked out Alexander 8 seconds into the 1st round by a superman punch. The 8-second knockout tied the record of fastest knockout in UFC history, until UFC 102, where Todd Duffee broke the record with a 7-second KO. It is set to take place at Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort on March 11, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas, USA, The fight was cancelled on March 2 due to a training injury suffered by Alexander and a failed drug test by James Irvin.
Alexander faced Razak Al-Hassan at MMA Fight Pit: Genesis. He won the fight via TKO (doctor’s stoppage).
|Professional Record Breakdown|
|21 matches||13 wins||6 losses|